Mature corporations don't stoop to deceit
In the Elk River chemical spill, most individuals, including myself, cite the blatant lack of communication to be a "wrench in the works" for the water recovery efforts. Although withholding valuable information from the government would be unacceptable for any corporation, it seems especially interesting considering the nature of Freedom Industries.
In this case, a corporation that has been around for 28 years displays a conscious lack of maturity when addressing both the press and the government in the same way a startled child behaves around his scolding parents. Instead of admitting wrongdoing, Freedom put its own wellbeing before that of the citizens of West Virginia.
Unfortunately, as every child learns, parents have a knack for finding things out, and as more secrets are revealed, the punishment only gets worse for the child in jeopardy. In the Freedom Industries situation, the government is playing the role of the parent, and Freedom is the child that will soon meet his fate. There seems to be no end to the new information that seems to appear out of thin air, but we can hope that in the future companies all over the country will take note of this foolish behavior and choose to take the high road by admitting fully to their mistakes, instead of stooping to deceit and chicanery we have seem in this time of need.
In the future, I hope only mature, cooperative corporations handle the storage, transport and manufacture of potentially harmful chemicals, and I hope the coal industry will continue to thrive despite what some would consider a blemish on the record of an imperative local industry.